Fresh rubber let Kyle Busch find the checkers in Texas.
Kyle Busch was able to take advantage of four new tires on a green-white-checker restart to drive on to the win in the WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night. The win was the 12th of the season for Kyle Busch Motorsports, tying the organization with Ultra Motorsports for most single-season wins by a Truck Series race team. It also locked up the Camping World Truck Series manufacturers' title for Toyota.
"We're not done yet," Busch said. "We've got two more weeks left to go."
The race ended under caution after German Quiroga spun on the final lap. Quiroga was one of five drivers who stayed out during a caution with about 10 laps to go. On old tires Quiroga restarted with the lead, while Busch, on four, restarted in the back up the top-10.
"That was probably one of the hardest calls I've ever had to make," Busch's crew chief Eric Phillips said.
After restarting the race with five laps to go, Busch quickly moved up to second spot.
Jeb Burton finished second, with Timothy Peters, Tyler Reddick and series points leader Matt Crafton finishing third through fifth.
Not a bad night
"Definitely not a bad night," Crafton said. "Definitely thought we had a top-three truck."
The yellow flag waved for the sixth time in the race with two-laps to go for a spin by Johnny Sauter, setting the race up for a green-white-checker finish. Sauter spun as a result of contact from ThorSport Racing teammate Burton, and after the race, Sauter expressed his displeasure with his teammate
"I didn't mean to wreck him," Burton said. "I don't know why he acts like that."
Kyle Busch Motorsports drivers Busch and Darrell Wallace dominated the race, with the two teammates running first and second for most of the first 100 laps. Both drivers led laps, but Wallace's night was shortened by a blown engine on lap 106. The race was red-flagged for 10 minutes and 15 seconds after Wallace lost his motor.
For much of the remainder of the race, with Wallace in the garage, Crafton ran second to Busch.